Saab’s future crystallises

The long run for Saab is searching significantly better. Based on inside sources, the following 9-3 and 9-5 models – both due in 2008 – could move solely to four-wheel drive, giving the company a performance edge within the hard-fought against premium vehicle market.

Carl-Peter Forster, chairman from the Saab board and president of GM Europe, gave broad hints concerning the new plan. ‘Front-drive is not a core Saab value, but agile, foreseeable handling certainly is.’

The brand new Saabs depends on GM’s Epsilon 2 platform. Sources the structure is going to be offered in 2 widths, the broader which would underpin bigger cars like the next Saab 9-5.

There’s some confusion within the make up the new 9-5 will require, however. Forster has guaranteed that Saab will develop a ‘global crossover vehicle’, but sources say this might also switch the 9-5 estate.

Saab’s plans because of its own form of the Subaru Tribeca crossover vehicle look near to collapse, too. An idea form of the vehicle scheduled for that New You are able to Motor Show didn’t appear. However, sources have confirmed to Autocar that the Saab rival towards the Audi A3 will probably be launched later within the decade.


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